Skip to Content

DRC News Feed

France's Hollande and pro-reform allies get poll boost

Yahoo - DRC - 19 December, 2014 - 11:50

PARIS (Reuters) - French President Francois Hollande saw his popularity ratings jump five points in a month to a still lacklustre 25 percent in a poll released on Friday, with pro-reform ministers in his Socialist government also gaining. The Dec 17-18 survey by pollster BVA still left him the least popular president in its records but was nonetheless his best score since his party was trounced in European and local elections in the first half of 2014 as voters punished him for tax rises and a failure to combat rising unemployment. ...


Categories: DRC News Feed

U.N. urges Pakistan to refrain from resuming executions

Yahoo - DRC - 19 December, 2014 - 11:48

GENEVA (Reuters) - The U.N. human rights office appealed to Pakistan on Friday to refrain from resuming executions after the massacre of 141 people in a Peshawar school, saying this would not stop terrorism and might even feed a "cycle of revenge". Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif lifted Pakistan's moratorium on capital punishment on Wednesday, a day after Taliban gunmen attacked the school and killed 132 students and nine teachers. The slaughter has put pressure on his government to do more to tackle the Islamist Taliban insurgency. The U.N. ...


Categories: DRC News Feed

BayernLB sues Ecclestone for damages over Formula One sale

Yahoo - DRC - 19 December, 2014 - 11:42

MUNICH (Reuters) - German state-backed lender BayernLB is suing Formula One boss Bernie Ecclestone for millions of euros in damages in connection with his involvement in the 2006 sale of its stake in the motor racing business. "BayernLB has filed a law suit against Mr. Ecclestone, the family foundation Bambino and others and is asking for damages of 345 million euros (271 million pounds) plus interest," a BayernLB spokesman said on Friday in response to a request for comment on the case. ...


Categories: DRC News Feed

After tsunami, fishermen struggle against tide of tourism in Thailand

Yahoo - DRC - 19 December, 2014 - 11:41

By Alisa Tang THUNG WA, Thailand (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - After the tsunami pounded Thailand’s Andaman Sea coast a decade ago, the ethnic Moklen fishing communities that have lived here for generations buried their dead, fought off land grabs to rebuild their homes, and - surprisingly - sighed in relief. The tsunami had destroyed sprawling seafront luxury resorts that had blocked public access to the sea and had halted the rampant tourism that threatened to push the Moklen fishermen off their ancestral lands in Phang Nga province, north of the resort island of Phuket. ...


Categories: DRC News Feed

Despite billions in aid, U.S. unable to get Pakistan to confront militants

Yahoo - DRC - 19 December, 2014 - 11:32

By David Rohde WASHINGTON (Reuters) - (This version of the story changes wording in second sentence, paragraph 10 from "live up to" to "own up to"). Since 2001 the United States has tried virtually every strategy available to persuade Pakistan's army to take the threat of militancy more seriously, but 12 years and $28 billion in aid later, all the American approaches are widely viewed as having failed. ...


Categories: DRC News Feed

Kenya's Kenyatta signs security law despite protests

Yahoo - DRC - 19 December, 2014 - 11:22

By James Macharia NAIROBI (Reuters) - Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta signed new anti-terrorism measures into law on Friday, triggering fresh protests from opposition MPs who said they would take legal action to overturn the legislation and protect civil liberties. Kenyatta's move came a day after parliament approved the new laws amid chaotic scenes in which opposition legislators threw books at the Speaker, shouted, chanted and sprinkled water over his deputy. ...


Categories: DRC News Feed

Ukraine allows firms to import electricity due to power crisis - PM Yatseniuk

Yahoo - DRC - 19 December, 2014 - 11:21
KIEV (Reuters) - Ukraine, mired in a power crisis due to a thermal coal shortage, will allow all companies to import electricity, Prime Minister Arseniy Yatseniuk said on Friday as he urged consumers to save energy. Ukraine used to be self-sufficient in coal, but months of fighting has halted production at more than half of the country's mines, disrupting supplies to thermal power plants that usually generate 40 percent of the country's power. "The reasons are ... ...
Categories: DRC News Feed

Germany's Steinmeier fears sanctions could destabilise Russia

Yahoo - DRC - 19 December, 2014 - 11:19
BERLIN (Reuters) - German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier expressed concern on Friday that EU sanctions against Moscow for its actions in Ukraine could destabilise Russia and warned against "turning the screw" any further. The comments to German weekly Der Spiegel suggest a possible softening in the stance of Steinmeier, a member of the traditionally Russia-friendly Social Democrats (SPD) who has stuck closely to Chancellor Angela Merkel's tough line with Moscow until now. ...
Categories: DRC News Feed

5 topics for Obama's year-end news conference

Yahoo - DRC - 19 December, 2014 - 11:12

WASHINGTON (AP) — Before President Barack Obama jets off to Hawaii for his annual Christmas vacation, he will carry out a White House ritual: the year-end news conference.


Categories: DRC News Feed

The International Envoys for the Great Lakes Region Call for Rapid Implementation of the Nairobi Declarations

All Africa - DRC - 19 December, 2014 - 11:08
[PR Newswire]Brussels -One year ago, the Government of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) and the M23 rebel group signed two Declarations in Nairobi, Kenya, which concluded a year-long peace process held in Kampala under the auspices of President Yoweri Museveni of Uganda and his facilitator Defense Minister Crispus Kiyonga. In their respective Declarations, the signatory parties committed to take immediate steps to find lasting solutions to the issues raised during the Kampala Dialogue and end the conflict between the DRC A
Categories: DRC News Feed

Moyes demands mental toughness from Sociedad players

Yahoo - DRC - 19 December, 2014 - 11:06

By Iain Rogers MADRID (Reuters) - Real Sociedad need to toughen up mentally if they are to reverse a poor away record when they travel to Valencia to face Levante in La Liga on Saturday, according to coach David Moyes. Sociedad are yet to win away in Spain's top flight this season and were thumped 4-0 at Villarreal and drew 0-0 at Deportivo La Coruna on their last two trips away from San Sebastian. With 15 matches played, they are 14th on 14 points, one place higher than when former Manchester United and Everton manager Moyes took over last month. ...


Categories: DRC News Feed

Evaluation des conditions d’hébergement des éléments FDLR à Kisangani

Digital Congo - 19 December, 2014 - 11:03
Une délégation mixte Sadc, Cirgl, Monusco et le gouvernement congolais a passé au peine fin les conditions d’hébergement des éléments FDLR au camp Général Bahuma.
Categories: DRC News Feed

U.S. to make formal announcement on Sony attack - U.S. official

Yahoo - DRC - 19 December, 2014 - 11:02
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. officials on Friday were expected to make a formal statement on the devastating cyber attack against Sony Pictures on Friday morning, a U.S. official said. Washington has called the strike against the big Hollywood studio a matter of national security but has not formally put the blame on North Korea, despite a U.S. official's indication this week the Obama administration could soon tie it to Pyongyang. Obama was expected to address the issue at a 1:30 p.m. news conference. ...
Categories: DRC News Feed

Air France-KLM shares fall sharply after third profit warning

Yahoo - DRC - 19 December, 2014 - 11:01

PARIS (Reuters) - Shares in Air France-KLM fell around 8 percent on Friday after the Franco-Dutch airline group issued its third profit warning since July and announced new belt-tightening. The group trimmed its forecast for earnings before interest, tax, depreciation and amortisation (EBITDA) by 200 million euros (157 million pounds) to 1.5-1.6 billion late on Thursday, citing higher-than-expected pilot strike costs and weak long-haul revenues. In late afternoon trading, shares in Europe's second-largest traditional carrier were down 8.1 percent at 7.628 euros. ...


Categories: DRC News Feed

U.N. chief, visiting Ebola region, urges respect for health rules

Yahoo - DRC - 19 December, 2014 - 11:01

By Matthew Mpoke Bigg MONROVIA (Reuters) - U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki-moon, starting a visit to Ebola-hit states in West Africa on Friday, urged their people to set aside traditional practices like washing the dead by hand so as to help end an epidemic that has killed nearly 7,000 people. Ban said he hoped to use his two-day tour of the region - his first since the outbreak was detected in March - to raise the profile of the fight against the disease and to thank the thousands of health workers who have participated. ...


Categories: DRC News Feed

Rebels say new Ukraine peace talks will not take place on Sunday - IFX

Yahoo - DRC - 19 December, 2014 - 10:59

KIEV (Reuters) - A Ukrainian separatist leader said a new round of peace talks aimed at easing the conflict between the Kiev government and rebels will not take place on Sunday as had been hoped, news agency Interfax reported on Friday. Talks in the Belarussian capital of Minsk between Russia, Ukraine and the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe in September brokered a ceasefire agreement between Kiev and pro-Russian rebels. The truce was flouted by both sides but violence has lessened significantly in December, raising hopes of further talks. ...


Categories: DRC News Feed

Swiss campaign seeks to make amends for 'contract child' labour

Yahoo - DRC - 19 December, 2014 - 10:51
By Ruben Sprich BERNE (Reuters) - A campaign seeking financial restitution for thousands of Swiss children once forced into foster families and used as cheap farming labour has garnered the necessary support to force a national referendum on the issue. Switzerland has been slow to come to terms with one of the darkest chapters in its history, when orphans and children from single-parent or poor homes were placed with farming families and used as cheap labour until they were of legal age. ...
Categories: DRC News Feed

US not fully prepared for nuclear terrorist attack

Yahoo - DRC - 19 December, 2014 - 10:46

WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. government isn't fully prepared to handle a nuclear terrorist attack or a large-scale natural catastrophe, lacks effective coordination, and in some cases is years away from ensuring adequate emergency shelter and medical treatment, congressional investigators have found.


Categories: DRC News Feed

IMF, Ukraine fail to reach pact on next bailout tranche

Yahoo - DRC - 19 December, 2014 - 10:45
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The International Monetary Fund said Friday it had productive discussions with officials in Ukraine this week, but failed to reach an agreement that would pave the way for Kiev to receive its next bailout tranche next month. "We found that the Ukrainian authorities are preparing to move decisively on a broad and comprehensive agenda to stabilize and reform the economy, while coping with the difficult challenges that emerged in the last year," IMF mission chief Nikolay Gueorguiev said in a statement. ...
Categories: DRC News Feed

Gordon Marsden MP: On the Buses

Yahoo - DRC - 19 December, 2014 - 10:44
Shadow Transport Minister Gordon Marsden writes that Labour will put communities in the driving seat for buses with real control and real choice.
Categories: DRC News Feed
Syndicate content


by Dr. Radut